Here's a fun fact for you to chew over; when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, back in 1876, he couldn't find a buyer for his patent, no matter how hard he tried. And try he did, attempting to flog his invention everywhere he could, right up until the biggest communications company of the time wrote off the "obvious limitations" of his device, which they derided as "hardly more than a toy".

Now, keep that in mind as you read this (more than likely on one of the very toys his invention eventually begat). Obvious limitations. Hardly more than a toy. Don't they sound an awful lot like the very accusations levelled at electric cars?

Now to be fair, I'm guilty of slinging the very same insults. The Tesla Model X irks me like a fire-ant swimsuit (though not as much as it apparently irks company boss, and Twitter enthusiast, Elon Musk). But having just driven Jaguar's new and all-electric I-Pace, I can't shake the feeling I'm about to be left languishing on the wrong side of history.

With the I-Pace, the Jaguar design team opted for a much more conventional look than its predecessors. With the I-Pace, the Jaguar design team opted for a much more conventional look than its predecessors.

Because this is an electric SUV that's at home in the city, can acquit itself off road, and can even paint an ear-to-ear smile on your face on the right twisting road. 

So, is Jaguar's exciting first EV both zero emissions and zero compromises?